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Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

The Small Faces Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle/Classics
  • ASIN: B0000040MF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
2. Afterglow
3. Long Agos and Worlds Apart
4. Rene
5. Song of a Baker
6. Lazy Sunday
7. Happiness Stan
8. Rollin' Over
9. Hungry Intruder
10. Journey
11. Mad John
12. Happydaystoytown
13. Tin Soldier

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SMALL FACES Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (1989 UK 13-track CD manufactured in France. Originally released in 1968 and hailed by many as one of the very first concept albums with spoken narrative contributions by Stanley Unwin and including the late60sclassic Lazy Sunday and a live version of Tin Soldier; picture sleeve)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60's concept album 25 Mar 2014
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An album of two halves, but both brilliant.
First half highlight is 'Rene' the Dockers delight and the 2nd side which had a charming little story read between tracks by Stanley Unwin. 2nd half highlight 'Lazy Sunday'.
Amazing album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars STILL GREAT AFTER 42 YEARS. 10 May 2010
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There cannot be many pop music inclined people left on the planet who haven't heard of this lp,suffice to say that Steve Marriott was at the top of his game vocally and song writing wise.A brilliant mix of soulful rock,tongue in cheek psychedelia & cockney music hall inspired humour,there was nothing like this before or since,and Steve Marriott was the real deal,a geniune East Ender at a time when that meant something culturally.Add the brilliantly twisted wordplay of the great Stanley Unwin and you have a unique recording.A top notch album that will make you laugh as well.Have a deepy joyload one and always,stay cool and dangly won't you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Faces Concept Album -- Their Best Effort 6 Nov 1999
By Steve T. (stevet@cdsnet.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
During the 60's it was the norm for British groups to present their best attepmt at interpreting black American R&B -- The early Beatles, Who, Stones, Pretty Things, Animals, etc. fit this description, and the Small Faces led by Steve Marriot were no exception. This album, which was the group's last cohesive effort before splitting up, took a different approach. It's as if the band was saying, we're a happy bunch of English blokes and we want the world to know. So there's a lot less of the compelling soul-stirring Marriot vocals that defined the band's early sound here, and more direct Cockney influence. Still, it's a musically diverse album. There's some good hard rock in songs like "Rollin' Over" and "Afterglow", mixed with the silliness of "Lazy Sunday" and "Happy Days Toystown". Instrumentally the band steps up to the plate and hits a home run. Marriot's guitar playing is more assertive than ever and he cranks out some killer soloes. Check out "Song of A Baker". Ronnie Lane's singing is superb on a few numbers, the best possibly being the aforementioned song and "The Journey". Drummer Kenny Jones' playing is solid throughout -- his powerhouse drumming was the group's secret weapon. And Ian McLagan shines on keyboards throughout. He was really the groups "lead" instrumentalist and this album was no exception. His composition and vocal on "Long Agos And World's Apart" fit in perfectly, as does Marriot's phased guitar solo. Side two is very British indeed, with the warped Cockney narrative between tunes tying the storyline of "Happiness Stan" together. Not really a rock opera, more like a Mother Goose fable. The concept here seems to be that the English can truly rock out, and on their own terms not just America's. It's a shame that the band broke up following the peak of their creativity. Marriot's Humble Pie and the Rod Stewart-led Faces never came close to matching the originality and fine line between "innocence and naughtiness" that typified the music of the Small Faces.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate sixties cockney mod rock statement 26 Jan 2005
By John Ashford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's so good to see most reviewers getting the point of this album. The Small Faces were never meant to be compared with other bands. They were simply there, in their own inimitable cockney idiom. Ogden's Nut Gone Flake was a statement for the time, full of bouncy English humour, good musicianship, and meant to be enjoyed by an audience who had been through the Carnaby Street thing with them , or had fought on the beach at Brighton on the bank holiday, and who lived in a grey depressing terraced-house suburbia.

The trick is not to apply excessive analysis, but to accept the LP for what it actually is, a piece of late-sixties pop culture beautifully executed by guys who were living the whole experience at the time; ..........'nuff said!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 60's gemm 20 Jun 2005
By Speedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This sounds to me , at times, like the group Family with it's roughness and it's unique english-60s-sound. Get it if you like rock n roll as it is meant to be: bouncy and hum-able yet challenging and full of ideas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars British to a fault 14 April 2005
By Don Schmittdiel - Published on Amazon.com
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'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake' possesses a wide variety of quite unique pop/psychedelic/rock songs. In fact, it's unlikely that most Americans would have heard much of anything like 'Ogden's...'. While this 1968 disc is widely touted as the Small Faces finest album, it also exists as their swan song, with Steve Marriott exiting the band in the middle of a concert on New Years Day in 1969. The album includes two songs that charted well in England, but not in the US. 'Lazy Sunday' rose to number two, eclipsed only by Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World', and 'Afterglow' reached number 36. The bonus track, a live version of 'Tin Soldier' was a #9 hit in England, and served as the b-side to the band's only US hit, 'Itchycoo Park'. It's fitting that the bonus track, more than any other song on the disc, sounds more like the band Marriott would go on to lead (with Peter Frampton as his lead guitarist) and have his greatest success with, Humble Pie.

The Small Faces and 'Ogden's...' were never America's cup o' tea. It's a bit hard to say why, but some art simply doesn't translate from one culture to another. While most British work shares enough of America's sensibility to be integrated here, every once in a while the Atlantic gulf between us surfaces. Such is the case, for instance, with the British comedy, 'Coronation Street', and the same is true for the Small Faces and 'Ogden's...'. That being said, it isn't difficult to perceive from this production what gave Marriott and lead guitarist Ronnie Lane success in their homeland. There are many sweet tunes on 'Ogden's...', beginning with the vibrant instrumental opener bearing the album's title. 'Afterglow' follows, opening with curious sounds and the melody delivered in a whistle, while the chorus is almost inaudibly spoken, "I'm happy just to be with you, and loving you the way I do". It possesses a thoughtful feel which permeates nearly every song that follows.

Being the psychedelic '60's, 'Ogdens...' frequently meanders into experimental use of echo, alternating channels, and other techniques that work at times, and at other times sound stilted and dated. Several songs, such as 'Long Agos and Worlds Apart' and 'Mad John' develop into engaging, loping rock numbers that fade away all too soon. On the original vinyl, the first six songs formed side one, and this is the strongest collection of tracks, with the fourth entry, 'Rene', being the stand-out. The thick British accents make the lyrics a bit hard to understand, but the codo runs long and features some nice lead guitar, a pounding bass, and rap/scat-like vocal sounds. 'Song of a Baker' features more tomfoolery in the control booth, but a sweet electric guitar.

Side two on the original vinyl represented half a concept album, telling the difficult to understand tale of Happiness Stan. Actor Stanley Holloway, who passed away in 1982, provides the Cockney-laden between songs narration. You pick up a few words here-and-there, but grasping an entire sentence requires a bit of close listening and plenty of interpretation. There are more sweet tunes, including the hard-rocking, drum and vocal driven 'Rollin' Over'. 'The Hungry Intruder' features a nice sounding chorus, and 'Mad John' possesses a complelling chant as a coda. The closer, 'Happydaystoytown' is a feel-good march, prodding the listeners to get up, lock elbows, and "everyone sing together now!". I'm not sure what it's all about, and while it is entertaining, it's also easy to see why it never caught on in the states.

The album times out at about 42 minutes, with the shortest song ('The Hungry Intruder') timing out at 2:15, and the longest ('Rene') clocking in at 4:30. The time listings for the final 6 songs are a bit misleading, however, as they include Holloway's narration, which runs over a minute in several instances.

If you visit ebay and feed "nut gone" and "cd" into the search engine you'll turn up perhaps 10 hits. Nearly every version (and there are numerous versions of this disc available... mine doesn't even appear among the 11 reissues offered here at Amazon) being offered is accompanied by a price listed in British pounds. I think you had to be there, literally, to truly "get it", and that's still pretty much true today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album: 3 Feb 2005
By Jack C_01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This seems to me like an album that's occasionally being overlooked, any rock fan should own this in my opinion. From start to finish though the Small Faces reel off a list of impressive and memorable psychedelic rock songs. Even the title-track which is really just an intro to the album sounds great. There's just a happy feeling to the whole thing that makes it something you'd want to listen to again and again. A lot of the songs on here might be familiar to some people without them really knowing it, such as Lazy Sunday or Afterglow. Sing them to someone and they'd say "Oh I've heard that!" but they may not be able to pinpoint the band and song.

The bass and keyboards are the instruments that really drive it, there are some great basslines in some of the songs and the keyboard is used to great effect as well. Another great aspect though is the vocals, which fit with everything else to give it that "English" feel, and it's great! The album is really split into two parts, such that you'd think you were listening to two separate albums at times. The first six tracks are all great and up until then it's a flawless album with some great songs like Song of a Baker, Lazy Sunday and Rene. Then we're greeted with a spoken word intro to Happiness Stan, and this is where it changes into a concept album halfway through. I can honestly say I've never heard a CD change into a concept album halfway through, it's an interesting experiment. It's hard to judge the second half story telling against the first half, but I do prefer the songs of the first half.

So who should get this then? Anyone, if you like any bands like The Who or The Beatles and you don't own this, you're missing out, and the two totally different halves to it mean that you need to listen to it all the way through, and appreciate the brilliant songwriting, musicianship and story-telling involved. Five stars.
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